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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.

New Britain, CT
(Near Hartford)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

SOLD OUT

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with a special focus on the proposed "new" CT regulations, featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center and the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilites.


The program will be held at:

Central Connecticut State University
Institute of Technology and Business Development

Frederick P. Stanley Room # 3130000

185 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051


Program Description


One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • SMART IEPs
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

Agenda

8:00-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30

Introductions

  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearing, Appeal, Discipline, Age of Majority
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA
  • NCLB No Child Left Behind
  • Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw
  • S.M.A.R.T. IEPs
  • Special Ed Advocacy for the Parent, Advocate, and Parent’s Attorney
  • Legal, systemic and “school culture” obstacles to compliance with IDEA-04

The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert

  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00
  • Tactics and Strategies
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration

Registration Fees
Parents
$30
Professionals
$50

Registration includes Continental Breakfast, box lunch and three books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. No Walk-In registration is available.

Click here to register online - SOLD OUT

Download the printable registration form.

Download and distribute the conference flyer.

Credits: .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference.

Scholarships: There is a limited amount of scholarships available. Scholarships do not cover transportation or childcare and are for parents only.

Refund Policy: No refunds are available.

Questions? Contact the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center by telephone 800-445-2722 or 860-739-3089, by fax 860-739-7460, or email.

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early - don't miss out!

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to CCSU.

Parking

Parking is available in the Municipal Parking Garage in back of the ITBD building (access is on Chestnut Street). Please bring your ticket in for validation.

Airports

Bradley International Airport (BDL)
Click here for driving directions to venue.
(approximately 25 miles to venue)


Accommodations

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